Etiquette Friday – Good Manners Cost NothingBy Angela Marshall, 23rd Nov 2012
It’s Friday and the day I request you join me in my campaign for 2012 to change “Casual Friday” to “Etiquette Friday”, to get people and companies involved. If we consciously make an effort every Friday then hopefully it will become a habit every day. I challenge you to make one small change a week and by the end of the year let’s hope we have a more pleasant and positive society.
It doesn’t cost anything to be polite to others. In fact it can improve your relationship with another person which in turn can lead to a discount on goods, obtain favours and generally create a more pleasant environment.
Showing courtesy and respect to others is a sign of good manners. It is about making people feel comfortable around you and showing respect. Different cultures have different rules and it is important to understand other cultures especially when visiting or living in a different country.
Manners in Britain
Basic good manners are saying – please, thank you, excuse me and sorry when you have done something wrong.
Gestures – putting your hand to your mouth when you yawn or cough; giving a handshake when meeting a person; smiling and giving eye contact.
Avoid – spitting, picking your nose, burping and passing wind in public.
Basic Table Manners – not eating with your mouth full; not eating and drinking at the same time; using a knife and fork; breaking bread into bite sizes; using a spoon away from you for soup; putting a napkin on your lap prior to eating.
Poor Manners Can Be a Handicap in Life
Having good manners is not something we are born with but taught. They can be learnt through observation when we are with other people. Particularly in business, bad manners can hold you back as people will regard you as rude and inconsiderate to fellow colleagues or clients.
It is important to teach children manners so that they find it easy to have good social skills when an adult . For more information read my blog on Manners & Social Skills for Children
“Always do to others as you would wish them to do to you if you were in their place.”
Good manners will only cost if you have to pay for training!